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Lobo on 5th Ave

BigCheese and BikerChick | Apr 13, 2005 08:37 PM

We wanted to like it. We wanted to love it...but sadly, it was not meant to be.

Since the place is billed as Tex-Mex, and they have quite a selection of tequila (which was raved about in the description of their Cobble Hill location), well, we ordered the house margaritas. But we had no idea they were going to be non-alcoholic! And dang, they were $8 a pop! They did use fresh lime juice though.

On to the free chips and salsa. Now these were actually tasty. They came to the table warm and fresh accompanied by a spicy salsa which I wouldn't called homemade but we did polish off two servings (it wasn't a pico de gallo by any means).

I ordered the "Spicy Pork Tamales" which were served with refried beans, avocado, rice and salad. The ingredients were fresh, and the pork was tender, but not spicy. I tossed on numerous spoonfuls of the spicy salsa. Good salad though.

My girlfriend didn't have the best of luck with her dinner. She ordered her benchmark platter: the good old, reliable cheese enchilada. If you like melted American cheese, this is the dish for you. No one knows how to put the Tex to the Mex by using Kraft like Lobo does. The two chewy enchiladas were the size of cigars, with a cheddar filling instead of the expected white queso cheese. The cigars were smothered in melted American, accompanied by a very bland yellow rice and refried beans. There was a distinct lack of freshness: ie, shredded lettuce, sour cream, the works. It wasn't working for her, to say the least.

Oh, and the place lacked atmosphere; the bad radio tunes coming over the tinny speakers - Bob Marley one second, Ramones the next and commericals in-between has got to go.

You're better off going to Il Pollito or Maria's Mexican Kitchen.

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